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‘Writing for the Future' Exhibition at Old Lilydale Court House

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by Neil Follett (subscribe)
I'm a retired photographer living in Lilydale mainly researching and writing on Australian aviation history. Now writing more on general subjects.
Not a walk back in time, but a read back
The Lilydale and District Historical Society have just launched their new local history exhibition.

Old Lilydale court house.
The old Lilydale court house.

It was formally opened on 1 February, by the local member of State Parliament, Bridget Vallence.

Bridget Vallence.
Bridget during her opening speech.

Bridget Vallence.
The very attentive audience.

The title of the display is Write for the Future, based on the premise that what happens today, is tomorrow's history.

Display panels
Members inspecting the display after the opening.

The display features seven illustrated display panels. Six are devoted to past members of the Society, who between them, have researched and written 24 books on the history of Lilydale and District.

Of interest
Great interest shown in the new display.

The seventh person featured is Lady Pamela Vestry, a former patron of the society. Lady Vestry is the granddaughter of Dame Nellie Melba. She has written two books about her famous family, which add to the recorded history of the Lilydale district.

Lady Vestry
The panel featuring Lady Pamela Vestry.

The authors and members honoured are Ruby Lila Kwijas, Keith Lithgow, Val Sheehan, Leigh Blackburn, Sandy Ross and Jack Lundy-Clarke, who composed many poems pertaining to the district.

Jack Lundy-Clarke
Jack Lundy-Clarke's panel and some of his poems.

Each panel gives the biographical details of the person honoured and their contribution to the history of Lilydale.

Display panels
Some of the panels.

One panel of particular interest is about Sandy Ross, a member of the society for 48 years and a life member until his death in 2019. Apart from writing four books, he made a huge contribution to the history of Lilydale by walking the length of Main Street and photographing every building every few years.

Sandy Ross
Society President Sue Thompson reading one of Sandy's publications.

Opening hours: Wednesdays 11 am. – 4.00 pm.
Fridays 1.00 pm – 4.00 pm.
Saturday & Sunday 11.00 am – 4.00 pm.

Admission is free.

For further information on the society and their activities, the President, Sue Thompson can be contacted on 0475 219 884, or check out their website at

You can join the Society for only $20-00 per year, which entitles you to search their archives, attend their monthly meetings receive their quarterly newsletter.

If passing through Lilydale during the opening hours, it is a worthwhile stop to soak up some local history, particularly if you combine your visit with other historical attractions in Lilydale
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Why? It's part of our history.
Where: Old Lilydale Court House. 61 Castella Street, Lilydale.
Cost: Free
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